Eid Ul Fitr 2011

Anas (ra), a companion of prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) reported that when the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) migrated from Makkah to Madinah, the people of Madinah used to have two festivals. On those two days they had carnivals and festivity.

Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) asked the Ansaar (the Muslims of Madinah) about it. They replied that before Islam they used to have carnivals on those two joyous days. The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) told them: 'Instead of those two days, Allah has appointed two other days which are better, the days of Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Adha.' (Hadith)

We muslims are given two days in year to celebrate eid. These two days are eid ul fiter and eidul azha. Eidul fiter is celebrated as a gift kfor muslims after they observe fast for 29 or 30 days. In these days a muslim learns so much that he can take that as a lesson for the next 11 months.

The day starts with eid prayer. This is sunnah to offer namaz-e eid. But It must not confse with namaz-e fajar. Eid namaz is offered so that a joyous day could be started with the name of ALLAH. it is also sunah to eat something sweet before going to eid namaz.

There are some traditions followed in different parts of the world related to eid. In subcontinent, the norm of eidi is followed in which kids and youngsters all ask their elders to give them eidi. This is a money which is taken from elders as a token of eid.

There are many traditional dishes related to eid. Eid-ul-fiter is also called mithee eid so sweet dishes are prepared accordingly. The most famous sweet dish is called sawayian. This dish is famous and loved throughout subcontinent.

Eid-l-fiter is celebrated for at least 3 days in subcontinent. In these three days, all the family meetings and gatherings are arranged and a lifetime of memories is left to be cherished till the next year comes.
We should not forget in or joys, those people who cannot buy new cloths or feel the happiness because they are poor people.
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